travers

Baffert: Game Winner To Target Travers, Not Belmont Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that juvenile champion Game Winner is no longer under consideration for the Belmont Stakes. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride will be aimed at Saratoga’s Travers Stakes. “I want to get him really, really right,” Baffert said. “The goal’s the Travers; run him one time before that.” Game Winner hasn’t […]

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Catholic Boy Makes Triumphant Turf Return In Dixie

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in his first start since finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy made his 2019 debut a winning on in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano […]

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150th Travers Stakes To Be Televised On FOX Broadcast Network

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports announced that the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be carried live on the FOX Broadcast Network as part of a special one-hour telecast on Saturday, August 24, at 5 p.m. ET from historic Saratoga Race Course. Travers Day 2019 […]

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G1 Winners Catholic Boy, Diversify Training Forwardly For Jonathan Thomas

Conditioner Jonathan Thomas, who last year managed 4-year-old multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy to three wins from six starts, including a pair of Grade 1 victories in the Runhappy Travers and Belmont Derby Invitational on the turf, reported the More Than Ready colt has continued to mature over the winter at Bridlewood Farm after […]

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Brooks Named Grand Prize Winner In Breeders’ Cup Capture The Classic Challenge

Breeders’ Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing events, announced on Friday that Bob Brooks, of Kitchener, Ontario, has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for the $100,000 Capture the Classic Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the interactive promotion tasked fans to predict the winners of select races for a chance […]

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Classic: Gunnevera Comes ‘So Close,’ Thunder Snow ‘Stayed Fighting To The End’

Gunnevera was on the outside looking in to the Breeders’ Cup Classic when pre-entries were announced, but the hard-knocking colt did his trainer proud on Saturday with a second-place finish in the $6 million race. A 4-year-old son of Dialed In, Gunnevera came hurtling down the Churchill Downs stretch under Irad Ortiz to finish just […]

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Sixteenth Time’s The Charm? Mendelssohn Tries ‘A Different Preparation’ For Classic

Aidan O’Brien will be trying to claim one of the few prizes that has eluded him on Saturday, a victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Coolmore entrant Mendelssohn with make his trainer’s 16th starter in the 1 1/4-mile dirt contest, to be held this year at Churchill Downs. The colt, a $3 million […]

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Catholic Boy Cruises Through ‘Endurance-Building’ Breeze At Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano did not have much time to celebrate his 5,000th-career win on Saturday at Belmont Park before catching a plane to Louisville to work Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Catholic Boy five furlongs in 1:02.60 at 5:30 a.m. (all […]

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Catholic Boy ‘Recovered Very Quickly,’ Executes Solid Breeze Toward Classic

Multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy got back to his serious Breeders’ Cup Classic preparations on Sunday morning at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze in company in his first appearance on the worktab since September 30. Catholic Boy, a 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready, worked outside his stablemate, graded stakes winner March, with […]

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‘Mild’ Fever Forces Catholic Boy To Skip Planned Workout

Winner of both the G1 Belmont Derby (turf) and G1 Travers (dirt), 3-year-old Catholic Boy is one of the more intriguing chances for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. According to drf.com, however, the son of More Than Ready missed a planned workout this past weekend at Belmont Park due to a fever. “It’s […]

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